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St. Luke’s expands urgent care centers in Berks

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St. Luke’s Care Now-Hamburg. (Contributed)
St. Luke’s Care Now-Hamburg. (Contributed)

Continuing its expansion of urgent care clinics, St. Luke’s University Health Network opened St. Luke’s Care Now-Hamburg in Tilden Township, its first in Berks County.

The urgent care clinic at 9 Dave’s Way is near a growing area near Cabela’s and the Tilden Ridge Shopping Center.

St. Luke’s Care Now-Hamburg is SLUHN’s 10th walk-in urgent care facility.

The urgent care facility, near Route 61 and Jetson Drive, is in a new building that will house the Hamburg Family Practice, a physical therapy office, a Starbucks coffee shop and a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant.

The Hamburg Family Practice and physical therapy office will open Oct. 16.

Care Now centers provide treatment when a patient’s family doctor is unavailable or when a patient’s injury or illness requires immediate attention but is not an acute emergency.

No appointment is needed at the walk-in centers, which offer diagnostic testing and occupational medicine services to employers. Patients also are able to take home many common prescription medications.

Visitors will be able to tour St. Luke's Care Now-Hamburg and adjacent outpatient physical therapy offices and meet the health care team during a community open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“Because the cost of care is usually lower than an emergency room visit, Care Now is a time-efficient and cost-effective option,” said Joe Cunningham, network director of Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine Services at SLUHN.

St. Luke’s other walk-in centers are in Allentown, Bethlehem, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, New Ringgold, Quakertown, Upper Perkiomen, Wind Gap and Clinton, N.J.

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